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30 Apr 2016 description

Overview

The situation in Taiz remains critical, with some of the heaviest and most sustained fighting in the country. An increase in fighting in March resulted in the treatment of over 1,000 war wounded alone. Access in and out of the city remains restricted and dangerous for civilians and humanitarian actors.

30 Apr 2016 description
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Conflict and 2015 El Niño drought remain major drivers of acute food insecurity in the region

Key Messages

30 Apr 2016 description

Kuwait City, Kuwait | AFP | Saturday 4/30/2016 - 18:00 GMT

Yemen's warring parties held "productive" face-to-face peace talks on Saturday on "key issues" in a bid to end the conflict in the impoverished Arab country, the UN envoy said.

"The talks today were positive and productive... It is an encouraging beginning," Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told a news conference after the first direct talks since the delayed negotiations began on April 21.

30 Apr 2016 description
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Crisis food insecurity in pastoral areas to persist through 2016 despite good rains

KEY MESSAGES

  • The March to May Diraac/Sugum rains started late, which initially impacted the prolonged dry conditions associated with El Niño. However, since the end of March, there has been some restoration of rangeland conditions with above average rainfall over most of Djibouti for the past month, which is forecast to continue through May, despite earlier predictions of below-average rainfall.

29 Apr 2016 description

In this issue

  • Implementing the Agenda for Humanity P.1

  • IGAD-SADC and conflict prevention P.2

  • The Great Lakes Pact and Rule of Law P.3

  • Domesticating the Kampala Convention P.4

  • Burundi Humanitarian Hotline installed P.6

  • Launch of Humanitarian-Private Sector Platforms P.6

  • HoA Initiative: Financing Humanity P 7

KEY FIGURES

# of IDPs 11 m

# of refugees 3.4 m

29 Apr 2016 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

28 Apr 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Yemen peace talks commence in Kuwait on April 21 following a threeday delay

  • Parties to the conflict largely maintain a cessation of hostilities, which began on April 10

  • Response agencies address humanitarian needs following midApril floods in seven governorates

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

28 Apr 2016 description

One year into the conflict in Yemen, life for the people of Yemen has been characterised by uncertainty, forced displacement and a need for protection and humanitarian assistance. Living conditions in Yemen were already hard with major underdevelopment, financial crisis, poverty and gender inequality but, over the past year, the escalation in airstrikes, clashes on the ground and a de facto blockade on food, fuel and medicine imports have had a devastating impact on the population.

28 Apr 2016 description

Heavy rainfall has caused flash floods and landslides in several parts of Yemen, displacing people and destroying homes and livelihood. Yemen Red Crescent Society assessments indicate that close to 30,000 people are affected and more than 1,000 homes are destroyed.

28 Apr 2016 description

Since 2007, Generations For Peace has trained 8,920 volunteers from 50 countries, and with our support, volunteer-led programmes have reached 229,020 children, youth, and adults in communities facing different forms of violence. Our cascading model, in which volunteers we have trained directly (1st generation) go on to train other 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and even up to 6th generation volunteers in their communities, increases our reach and reinforces the sustainability of our efforts.

28 Apr 2016 description

Highlights:

  1. March 2016 was marked by the closing of the Balkan route to Europe on March 8 and the implementation of the EU-Turkey Agreement on March 20. These developments have resulted in slowing arrivals to Greece while refugees and other mixed migrants find new ways to enter Europe.

28 Apr 2016 description

KEY FIGURES

32,063 Arrivals fromYemen since 27 March at the early onset of the crisis

5,785 Yemenis registered in Somalia since 27 March (including Somalis with dual Yemeni-Somali citizenship)

20,062 Arrivals registered at Reception Centers in Berbera, Bossaso and Mogadishu since 27 March

52% Registered arrivals expressing intention to return to Mogadishu 9,975 Somali returnees provided with onward transportation assistance since27March

HIGHLIGHTS

28 Apr 2016 description
report Kuwait News Agency

KUWAIT, April 27 (KUNA) -- Minister of Justice, Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Yacoub Al-Sanea stressed Kuwait's keenness on backing humanitarian issues and aiding needy people regardless of their race, religion or sex across the world.

The minister made the statement in a speech while inaugurating the 15th meeting of General Assembly of International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) on Wednesday.

28 Apr 2016 description
report United Nations

Kuwait, 27 April 2016

The United Nation’s Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Al-Sheikh Ahmed, held several rounds of talks today on a general framework for negotiations proposed by the United Nations to end the conflict in Yemen.

27 Apr 2016 description
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KEY FIGURES

2,755,916 Internally displace persons

267,874 Registered refugees as of 31 March

11,628 Registered asylum seekers as of 31 March

28,717 New arrivals to Yemen since the beginning of 2016

OPERATIONAL CONTEXT

Yemen is a historic transit hub for mixed migratory movements of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants from the Horn of Africa to the Arabian Peninsula and beyond.

27 Apr 2016 description
report Protection Cluster

The report is produced by Yemen Protection Cluster in collaboration with humanitarian partners and incorporates figures taken from the 8th Report of the Task Force of Population Movement (5 April 2016).

Situation Overview

27 Apr 2016 description

CONTEXT AND NEEDS

Overall

Yemen is considered as a transit and destination country for migrants and refugees due to its long coastline and proximity to the Horn of Africa. Yemen is a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, and has granted prima facie refugee status to Somalis arriving in the country since the outbreak of hostilities in Somalia. UNHCR undertakes RSD for all other nationalities except for Syrians, who are granted status under a temporary protection scheme.

27 Apr 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Bismarck Swangin

As the students quietly file in for morning assembly at Al-Fadheelah School in Sana’a, Yemen, there is no indication of the trauma many of them have experienced, or of the innovative way that the school is helping the children deal with it.

27 Apr 2016 description

Sana’a – The UNDP Yemen Our Home initiative and Sabafon Telecommunication Company, the first GSM network operator in Yemen, have signed a contribution agreement to establish a medical mobile clinic in Sho’ub District in Sana’a Capital City. The clinic will provide medical services and improve reach to the physically disabled and war-injured.